Last week my phone rang just as I dropped Curly at b-ball camp.
Principal: HAVE A MINUTE?
Me: I'M IN THE PARKING LOT . . .
Principal: CAN YOU MEET ME IN THE CIRCLE DRIVE SO WE CAN TALK?
I met him. He explained that I was going to get an email from the superintendent stating that they didn't find that Ego violated the school bully/harassment policy, BUT that he was not meeting school standards (and some other policy) SO Henrietta and the principal would decide how to proceed. He couldn't tell me what action would be taken because it was a personnel issues, but I would see changes right away.
Then he rambled on for 35 minutes. I could win an award for talking too much, just ask Delilah - but this guy? He makes me look like the cat has my tongue.
While I had an audience, I managed to speak about 10 words, including: THE AD IS NOT DOING HIS JOB. NOT JUST IN B-BALL, BUT ACROSS MOST SPORTS. I HOPE YOU LOOK INTO IT.
Our district just hired a new assistant to the superintendent for $200,000 a year. ASSISTANT, mind you. The AD makes $143K and he does nothing. In our district, we pay for our kids to be involved in sports, which wasn't the way it was when Lad started out in public high school. Why does the AD just grope around at the bottom of the barrel and hire unqualified folks for all of our sport teams and pretend they are coaches? Something is off.
*Ok, maybe that was more than 10 words.
I drove home feeling I was on top of the world. Ego would not be coaching anymore - right?
Ed: ASSUME THE WORST. HE'S PROBABLY JUST GONNA GET A SLAP ON THE WRIST.
Reg came back from b-ball the next two days saying EGO IS STILL THERE. I KNEW THEY WEREN'T GOING TO DO ANYTHING.
I left principal a strongly worded voice message. DID I MISUNDERSTAND SOMETHING? I KNOW YOU CAN'T TELL ME WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT SEEING CHANGES RIGHT AWAY? I SEE NOTHING. WE HAVE OPTIONS (including filing an appeal, but we only had so many days to do that. Was he stalling? Hoping I would miss that opportunity?) AND WE NEED TO DECIDE WHAT WE ARE DOING. (if Ego was going to coach I would've asked Reg if he wanted to attend a Catholic school for his senior year).
The next day at Reg's b-ball camp, Ego said: SO I'M RESIGNING FROM COACHING VARSITY. DO ME A FAVOR AND DON'T ASK ME WHY. I'LL STILL BE INVOVLED IN THE PROGRAM.
Were they just letting him finish out the week? Why? Ed wanted to know if I needed him to draft an apology email to the principal for jumping the gun. Early on the AD told me that I'd see changes right away and that turned out to be the AD talking to Ego. That was the big change. I feared I'd been duped AGAIN. I sincerely hope that he isn't allowed to coach freshmen again, but we are taking him not coaching varsity as a WIN.
There have been two b-ball team issues for Reg and I want to clarify.
Ego - high school coach, very LOW b-ball IQ, said degrading things to our kid on and off the court, in class he told Reg he thought he was to blame for all the varsity games lost.
Worm - AAU coach - like a travel team, knows everything there is to know about b-ball, but pretends he cares about getting his players college looks and that this is not a business for him. It is definitely a business and despite what he says he makes bank on his AAU team. He wasn't upfront with Reg for this season. I wish he'd held a new tryout for the new season and then told certain boys (like Reg) that they might be better switching teams.
Clueless or nervy
Remember when Reg and I had the wrestling match with the phone in the kitchen? Reg asked Worm if he could still attend the June workouts. High school teams play a summer league in June, so AAU teams take a break.
Worm: SURE, REG. YOU PAID FOR THEM - YOU CAN GO TO THAT STUFF. *remember he wouldn't refund any of our money.
Last week Reg told me that he'd texted Worm to ask when the June workout were. Worm didn't respond. That night at dinner, I told Coach about Reg's text.
Reg: YEAH, HE NEVER RESPONDED. SO I TEXTED HIM AGAIN.
People, I almost fell off of my chair. Clearly Worm didn't want Reg attending workouts since he'd jumped ship - regardless of whether or not we'd paid. The fact that Reg didn't pick up on that floored me. I cackled, pounding the table. Reg could've just texted his former teammates and asked them when the workout were, but he ended up surrendering.
This might shock you, but I FULLY SUPPORTED Reg showing up to workouts whether he was welcomed of not. Eat it Worm!
Eat it Worm
I regularly attend weekend HS bball tournies and games on Tu/Th nights for both Reg and Curly, in case you thought I'm kicking back during these here summer days of no babysitting.
Reg played in a tournie on Father's Day. One game was against a high school attended by one of Reg's former Worm teammates. Worm (remember he coaches AAU - not HS) came to the high school game to watch 'TP', one of his potential D1 top prospects.
When Reg guarded TP, TP couldn't get a shot off even though he rarely misses his 3 pointers. Reg is a great defender, so he forced TP to pass the ball vs take a shot. Reg had about 23 points in that game. Each basket he made or turnover he forced or rebound he grabbed, I mumbled EAT THAT, WORM.
Admittedly Reg's 3 point shot is off. Remember when sophomore Reg went down state for the 3 point competition? Well, his knee tendinopathy has messed with his stance or something. Curly's AAU coach has agreed to work with him, but he is tough to nail down.
I labeled Worm in the photo. It's blurry, but I'm guessing you can see the resemblance. He was on the
other side of the gym from me, a safe distance.
|I thought the Swiffer|
giant maxipads, and I didn't really
think that was the look
they were going for.
Then the three of them decided to sport homemade shirts featuring Kanye West quotes. If you don't live under a rock, like I do, then you might get that Kanye and Taylor dislike one another.
They had a blast, but Ed's girlfriend was still trying to get tickets to the concert and spent a lot of time checking her phone, apparently. She was also not happy with the Shenanigans' shirt goofiness. Hmmm.
Did you know about Taylor vs Kanye? Did you go to the Taylor concert - or know anyone who did? Are you shocked that Ego was removed from his coaching position? Don't you think Reg should still go to the workout that we paid for?